Puerto Real (La Cachucha Beach)

Also known as the pulmón verde (the 'green lung') of the Bay of Cadiz, Puerto Real lies with the sea and marshes to one side and extensive pine forests to the other. It is home to one beach, Playa de la Cachucha, one of just two beaches located inside the Bay of Cadiz.

 La Cachucha

This small, sandy urban beach is less than 500m long and is located just minutes from the casco antiguo (old town) of Puerto Real, to the east of the quay. Playa de la Cachucha is a regenerated beach that suffers greatly from tidal erosion so is protected by two breakwaters at either end. When the tide is low it leaves a large mud plain visible which is home to many crabs and seagulls, making it popular for those who enjoy traditional fishing. It is, however, not as popular with those who wish to swim in the sea.

The beach is fully backed by a paseo marítimo with disabled access and is equipped with lifeguards (during the summer), public toilets, showers and changing rooms, waste disposal and drinking water fountains. Nearby there are also several bars and restaurants. The beach is easy to access with a nearby car park and its proximity to the Puerto Real train station. It is also served by the circular bus line.

The beach is also used for lots of local sports, in particular the Watermelons Amateur Rugby club who play beach-rugby there.

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